MODEL RAIL CLUB TAKE ON THE CHALLENGE
(AND CAN YOU HELP?)
With the panorama of Wokingham about to change forever through the Peach Place and Elms Field multi-million pound developments, the Berkshire Area N Gauge Group (BAGladdies) have dedicated most of their proposed exhibition layout to modelling the Town’s iconic features. This is a golden opportunity to make sure the townscape of the layout depicts as many of these buildings and thoroughfares as possible before the original Town vista is lost in memory.
The chosen era is from post-war to no later than 1973 when the original Station building was demolished. This will give a wide public interest as it is well within residents’ memory and allows the running of old-style steam and modern electric/diesel trains to maximize family viewing appeal.
Together with the Wokingham Society, the Group have identified 20 buildings and features that were present throughout the period, that would be visually appealing and of historical interest. The intention is that the finished layout will not only be exhibited at dedicated model rail shows, but also at local community events.
The layout will be 16ft x 3ft (see scale drawing) but even with these parameters it will not be possible to depict the layout of the Town to scale. There will be a need to be inventive to overcome this – this is where any resident who has an interest, or society with artistic or photo graphical skills, can get involved to help develop this project for local enjoyment and prosperity.
As the project evolves this page will be updated. To date we have the baseboard built and we are working on the track plan and first rolling stock.
The 3D printed bogie sides have come back and look the part. they plug directly into the Tomix Chassis being used.
A word of congratulation for Dave Wright for winning the 2017 Chairman's Challenge. His model of the footbridge at Wokingham station is a truly remarkable piece of modelling and a superb addition to the layout.